Chipped, cracked and broken teeth can pose a serious risk to your oral health, not to mention being unsightly to look at. If you are suffering from damaged tooth enamel, don’t wait for it to get worse. Visit Sanchez Dental to learn about our tooth repair options that will eliminate the pain of damaged teeth while restoring your beautiful smile.
Why Worry About Chipped Teeth?
Teeth can become cracked and chipped for many reasons. Inappropriate chewing, such as chewing ice or gnawing on pencils, can damage enamel. Hard candies and other foods can also lead to chipped teeth, as can tooth grinding or “bruxxing.” Tooth decay weakens the structure of teeth and makes them more likely to break, which can in turn lead to further decay of surrounding teeth.
Your teeth are living tissue. Beneath the hard outer layer of enamel, the underlying structure of a tooth is soft and filled with nerves. Damage to enamel can cause this soft tissue to become exposed, creating pain and risk of infection and tooth decay.
Solutions and Treatments for Broken Teeth
Depending on the extent of damage, the cosmetic solution for broken teeth can vary. We may employ any or all of these strategies as necessary to repair the damage to your chipped and cracked teeth:
- Very mild chips can be buffed out with enamel shaping and contouring.
- We may use white composite resin for dental fillings and bonding to fill in the chipped area and restore structure to the tooth.
- More severely broken teeth may be capped with crowns to protect their integrity, particularly in rear teeth/molars.
- In some cases, such as advanced decay, removing the broken tooth may be the best choice. In that case we may replace it with an implant or bridge to maintain the tooth’s strength and structure.
If you have a chipped tooth damaging your smile or causing you pain and discomfort, don’t delay in contacting Sanchez Dental. We will be happy to discuss your options and create a treatment plan to restore your beautiful smile.